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Annual Concerto Concert features two student soloists

April 7, 2007

KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University School of Music will present its 48th annual Concerto Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in Miller Auditorium. Admission is free of charge and the public is welcome.

The concert, which marks the culmination of the School of Music's 2006-07 season, features the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bruce Uchimura, and two student soloists, Chul-Hee "Lindsey" Sheen, flute, and Mialtin Zhezha, violin.

The Concerto Concert will begin with the prelude to "Die Meistersinger." One of Richard Wagner's most recognized overtures, it is performed frequently by orchestras around the world. The centerpiece of the concert will be "Pictures at an Exhibition," which was written by Modest Mussorgsky after the death of his good friend and famous painter and architect, Viktor Hartmann. The composition, arranged for orchestra in 1922 by Maurice Ravel, musically depicts 10 of Hartmann's most fascinating sketches linked by a promenade theme.

Chul-Hee "Lindsey" Sheen, a graduate student in music therapy from Seoul, South Korea, will perform Frank Martin's "Ballade for Flute, String Orchestra, and Piano." Sheen received her bachelor's degree from Andrews University, where she won the Young Artist Festival. She is the recipient of Down Beat magazine's Student Music Award in College Classical Orchestra, as well as two first-prize awards from the Kiwanis Music Festival's Repertoire Competition.

Sheen is a graduate assistant in the flute studio, a member of the Graduate Wind Quintet and Western Winds, and principal flutist of the University Symphonic Band and University Symphony Orchestra.

Mialtin Zhezha is a senior from Vlore, Albania, majoring in music performance. He will perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 35." Zhezha is a recipient of Down Beat magazine's Student Music Award and first-prize winner of the Young Artist Competition in Fort Wayne, Ind. Additionally, he took second prize in the Music Teachers National Association's National Finals, and was a semifinalist in the Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings.

In addition to his involvement in the University Symphony Orchestra, Zhezha also is a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. He is the recipient of several scholarships including the William and Fiona Denny Sr. Medallion Scholarship, the Beulah and Harold McKee Scholarship in Music and the Rhea Yeager Fetzer Music Scholarship. Most recently, he was named the School of Music's Presidential Scholar, the highest academic award an undergraduate at WMU can receive. Just one senior from each academic unit is named a Presidential Scholar each year.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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